City administrator trying to land job in Minnesota

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Jeff Repp has been in Cumberland post more than 17 years

Cumberland Times-News, April 25, 2011

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — City Administrator Jeff Repp has been selected as one of the six candidates for interviews for the Willmar, Minn., city administrator position by the Willmar City Council, according to the West Central Tribune, a Willmar-based newspaper.

Repp said he applied for the position because he wants to get back in touch with his roots. “I have family in both Minnesota and South Dakota, where I was born and raised, and have an interest in returning to the Midwest,” said Repp. “My employment agreement (with the city ) requires a 90-day notice, but I have had discussions with council about leaving after budget is completed in late June.”

Repp was chosen out of a list of nine applicants recommended by Sharon Klumpp, senior vice president of Inc. of St. Paul, the firm assisting Willmar officials in the candidate search. All six will be interviewed by the Willmar mayor and council on May 10 and 11. The top two candidates will return for a second interview May 24. The second interview will include community “meet-and-greet’’ sessions.

Repp has been with Cumberland for 17 years and six months. He was manager for the town of Indian Head from 1988 to 1993; manager for the village of Carlisle, Ohio, from 1986 to 1988; and was assistant to the manager for the city of Vermillion, S.D., from 1985 to 1986. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and public finance and a bachelor’s degree in science and history, both from the University of South Dakota.

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim declined to discuss any personnel or potential personnel matters regarding Repp.

“Any of the six is going to be a good choice,’’ Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish, who doesn’t have a vote in the matter, told the West Central Tribune. “I think they made good choices and there are some highly qualified women candidates as well. I think no matter who they pick from those six is going to be good for Willmar.’’

Other candidates for the position include Steven Okins, finance director for the city of Willmar; Jeffrey O’Neill, administrator for the city of Monticello; James Payne of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Charlene Stevens, of Wichita, Kan.; and J. Crystal Prentice of Waseca, Minn.

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